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Bobby Shmurda’s Brooklyn Gun Charge Will Count In Court After All

With recent reports floating around of Bobby Shmurda’s uncle and manager, Debo Wilson, suing him for a hefty one million, one might think his legal battles couldn’t get any worse. But unfortunately, they would be wrong.

The Brooklyn District Attorney office dismissed Shmurda’s impending gun charge from June 2014, yet he still has to face the charge in court, according to XXL. The Brooklyn D.A. office axed the charge in order to separate the case from the Special Narcotics’ accusation.

SEE ALSO: The Full List Of Charges Against Bobby Shmurda And GS9 Is Dreadfully Long

However, the 20-year-old rapper’s gun charge, was reportedly from a shooting into a crowd outside a Brooklyn barbershop, which was incorrect. Instead, the charge stems from police finding a gun on him from a search warrant issued in June, which was around the same time the alleged shooting occurred.

Shmurda, (born Ackquille Pollard), will appear in court tomorrow (Jan 29). If convicted, he could face up to 25 years behind bars.

The Brooklyn MC and his crew, GS9 were arrested last month (Dec. 17) for a slew of charges ranging from conspiracy to possession of weapons, among many other accusations. –– Richy Rosario

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